I am a student currently enrolled at Mississippi Valley State, I am a junior and march in the band program. We are currently hard on the recruitment trail and need hard working individuals with pride and respect for our prestigious institution. The program consists of Marching band, Concert symphonic, pep and jazz ensembles. You do not have to be a music major to march with the band nor does being a music or non music major inhibit scholarship in any way. We do have students whom are of different majors and such that are in the program and are all on scholarship. Here is tuition and financial info

Annual Total Cost

The annual total list price cost to go to Mississippi Valley State University was $14,483. The cost is the same for all students regardless of Mississippi residence status as there is no in-state discount.

Undergraduate Tuition

Tuition for Mississippi Valley State University is $5,916. This is 8% cheaper than the national average public four year college tuition of $6,429. The cost is $4,554 and 43% cheaper than the average Mississippi tuition of $10,470 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 4th in Mississippi amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 15th most expensive 4 year college in the state. Price does not vary by residence.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $7,167 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Itta Bena should budget at least this amount.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,400

Let me also  state that we are a NON-HAZING program...let me say this again...NON-HAZING. It is and will not be tolerated. We believe in students who decide to join, once you sign the scholarship you are apart of the family and as such you will be treated accordingly. We do however expect for members to respect chain of command such as section leader, drummajor, director and rehearsal etc. We are about business. We do have plenty of fun on trips and such but we do handle our business. We do not believe in having lengthy rehearsals such as other programs would do. We feel that as a STUDENT, that is what you are first and foremost a STUDENT. We do not believe in forsaking your education. With that being said you are a student first.  

Audition Requirements:

  • Perform all 12 major scales by memory

  • Perform a lyrical or technical etude or solo

  • Sight-reading

  • Perform any of the 26 Standard Drum Rudiments (percussionists only)

  • Perform a lyrical or technical etude or solo on a mallet instrument (percussionists only)

  • Tune and perform a brief solo on timpani (percussionists only)

How can I sign up for an audition?

Auditions are available throughout the school year and summer months. You can schedule an appointment by contacting the Director of Bands at bgaines@mvsu.edu.

How will I know if I receive a scholarship after my audition?

The official scholarship contract will be mailed to you within seven days of your audition. The scholarship contract does not go into effect until you have been officially admitted into the university and register for classes.

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